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Iran likely to close British embassy

Source : Xinhuanet
Tehran | 11 Aug 2011

A senior Iranian lawmaker said that Iran may shut down the British embassy in Tehran, local satellite Press TV reported on Wednesday.

Iran's Majlis (parliament) will seriously pursue the issue of shutting down the UK embassy in Tehran in case the "violent crackdown on British citizens" continue, said Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash, a member of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis.


US museum explores Muslim roots

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies
Washington | 05 Aug 2011

Digging into the history of early Muslims who came to America centuries ago, a new Islamic Heritage Museum has opened recently in Washington DC in a new attempt to fight misconceptions about Muslim roots.


Filipino Muslim rebels clash over land; 6 killed

Source : JIM GOMEZ | AP

MANILA | 10 Aug 2011

Two commanders from the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group have clashed in a dayslong land feud that has killed at least six combatants and displaced hundreds of villagers in the southern Philippines, officials and the guerrillas said Wednesday.


Could Somali famine deal a fatal blow to al-Shabab?

Source : Farouk Chothia | BBC African Service
Mogadishu | 09 Aug 2011

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab is in crisis, as it battles to cope with the famine that is far worse in areas under its control than other parts of the country, leading to reports of splits in the leadership of the al-Qaeda-linked group.

The famine has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the Lower Shabelle and Bakool regions in search of food.


French fast food chain keeps Halal branches open till midnight for Ramadan

Source : Islam Today
Paris | 10 August 2011

In France this year, with sunset coming well after 9 PM, one leading fast food chain is seeking Muslim business by keeping its doors open an extra two hours.

Since 1 August, halal branches of Quick restaurants, France's leading fastfood chain, have extended their business hours from 10 PM until midnight to accommodate their Muslim customers who have to wait until after sunset to eat.


Syria ‘heading to point of no return’

Source : Agencies
CAIRO | 09 Aug 2011

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr said Tuesday he feared that revolt-hit Syria was “heading to the point of no return” and called for an immediate end to violence.

“Egypt is following with extreme concern the dangerous deterioration of the situation in Syria,” Amr said, expressing “his concern that the situation in Syria is heading to the point of no return,” the news agency MENA news agency reported.


In tit-for-tat, Iran urges UK to stop police violence

Source : The Guardian   
TEHRAN | 10 Aug 2011

Iran has called on the British government to "restrain" the police and stop the "violent treatment" of rioters.

The foreign ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said dialogue would calm the situation, and urged the UK to respond to the demands of the "protesters". He also asked human rights organisations to investigate the death of Mark Duggan, which led to the riots.


You are fasting, but someone eat at your elbow?!

"The angels bless the fasting person, when someone eats near him".

Walking down the street we sometimes see how certain people instead of keeping the fast, eat, drink or nibble sunflower seeds. Some become annoyed at this sight, others turn away, so as not to tempt themselves.

They try to show patience as they understand that God bestowed them the best, i.e. fasting. The refusal of the fasting testifies the weakness of the faith of this man.


From Convert to True Muslims

Source : OnIslam & Newspapers
Cairo | 09 Aug 2011

Every year, Brunei’s Muslims welcome new members of their community as hundreds of people choose to embrace the Islamic faith.

"We guide them so that they will practice Islam in their life,” Abd Aziz Hj Abd Kahar, head of Islamic and Mualaf Guidance Conservation Section at the Islamic Da'wah Center, told Asia One News.

“We wanted them to be a true Muslims, that are balanced internally and externally.”


Indonesian Muslims appalled by beheading of woman

Source : Andrew Higgins | Washington Post
Jakarta : Indonesia | 10 Aug 2011

As leader of Indonesia's - and the world's - largest Muslim organization, Said Aqil Siraj used to get pelted with angry e-mails and text messages whenever he questioned Saudi Arabia's rigid, ultra-puritanical take on Islam.

But the often menacing messages recently stopped - cut off by a single stroke from a Saudi executioner's sword to the neck of an Indonesian maid in Mecca.


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